Two Young Sisters Struck On Main Street In Smithtown; Businesses Want Changes

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two young sisters crossing a Long Island street were injured after being struck by a SUV.

The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Main Street in Smithtown — a stretch of roadway that has been the site of several recent pedestrian accidents.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: This Isn’t The First Incident On Main Street

Main Street - Smithtown, NY - May 6, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Main Street - Smithtown, NY - May 6, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Mabel Burgos 13, and her 9-year-old sister, Melody were hit by a 2010 Lexus SUV, police said.

They were taken to a hospital where police say Melody was listed in guarded condition and Mabel was held overnight for observation.

Police say the driver of the SUV, 66-year-old Maria Kolahifer of Fort Salonga, was not injured. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Area business owners are worried about how dangerous the road is.

“You never really see people pulled over for speed. Something definitely has to be done. Right now, it’s a four-lane highway. There was talk about making it a two-lane highway, which I think would help,” John Vigliante, who owns the Branch Funeral Home, said. “Part of the problem, the parking on Main Street is very narrow. So, if they did switch it to a two-lane road instead of a four-lane road, it would definitely be a lot more beneficial. It would slow up the traffic.”

Changes were made recently, such as decreasing the speed limit and widening the crosswalks.

Vigliante says he worries every time he goes out to get lunch.

Earlier this year, a military veteran and father of two was killed near the same intersection. In 2009, an 11-year-old girl was killed crossing Main Street.

Park rangers have also recently been serving as traffic cops in Smithtown, which is a source of local controversy.

What should be done on that roadway to minimize pedestrian accidents? Leave a comment below…

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  • deb

    I drive the Jerricho/Main St/Middle Country stretch everyday and people drive like they are on the Autobahnen. I do 30 mph in town and people pass me and even have honked at me. The parking along Main Street is scary for the people getting out of their cars and scary as well for the driver when someone swings open their door just as you are approaching the parked car. Even with laws agains texting and using hand-held phones, people still do it. Heavier fines, eliminate street parking and police presence would help with the accidents. The traffic…well that is another subject.
    @ Sam…now you can critique my comment.

  • cd

    Hey Sam,
    Instead on commenting on everyone’s post why don’t you contribute something. Or is it easier for you to attack others.

    • Sam

      Ever written a single sentence, without grammatical errors in your life? LOL.

  • Stefanie

    I was there at 5:25pm and traffic was so backed up, obviously its rush hour. I don’t understand how two girls were hit in traffic moving at that speed. It’s beyond me. And not to mention it was broad daylight!

    As long as the pedestrians look both ways and wait for the little man walking to light up they should be fine.

    • Sam


      Wow, I applaud your simplistic approach to life, “As long as the pedestrians look both ways and wait for the little man walking to light up they should be fine.”.
      In essence what you are saying is if you don’t smoke, you will not get cancer, or if you eat right, you will never have any disease. LOL.

  • STeve

    While Marcia Kramer is out reporting on the dangers of pedestrian islands and bike lanes, this kind of thing is happening all the time.

  • Nick

    How is it that the SUV hurt the girls? The SUV knows what it’s doing? Why not the OLD COOT injured the girls?

    Typical lib. t. ards. always blame it on the inanimate objects.

  • Fritz Von

    Where exactly did this occur? Main street and where? Is it in the story? Did I miss it? Who wrote this? Newsday, hire an editor.

    • Deb

      Fritz Von- It was in the same place all the others have been.

    • Sam

      @Fritz Von
      LOL, you know you are reading this news on CBS-NY website right? Not on Newsday website.

  • Mary Ann Mullady

    There is never a police presence between Plymouth Blvd and Rt. 111 in Smithtown. People exceed the speed limit all the time. I drive there at least twice a day and people are always speeding past me. They also trun right on red on Lawrence Ave. I’ve drive there every day and make a left onto Main Street and the people waiting to make a right disregard the sign. Maybe there should be no parking along Main Street and create a turning lane.

    • Sam

      @Mary Ann Mullady
      “I’ve drive there every day and make a left onto Main Street “…..
      Wow, look at the outcome of our fine education system.

      • deb

        Stop it Sam. It was a typo!

  • Mr.Philip Philips

    Creative a web site and computerize all vehicles and a control tower that will control all vehicles within a city even to stop or immobilize one.Controlled by a speed limit net work.

    • Sam

      @Mr.Philip Philips

      Now you are talking (like a true Starwars fan),

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